Seven Tipperary schools chosen to participate in pilot Creative Schools scheme
Thousands of children and young people are to have increased access to creative activities as part of a Creative Schools pilot scheme from September 2018, including pupils from seven Tipperary schools.
A total of 150 schools been chosen to participate in the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools pilot programme. Launched earlier this year by Minister Bruton and Minister Madigan, the programme is a central initiative of Pillar 1 of the Government’s Creative Ireland Programme, which puts the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.
The chosen schools in Tipperary are: Mount Bruis National School, Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel, St. Joseph's Primary in Tipperary Town, St. Mary's Central National School in Thurles, St. Michael's Girls' National School in Tipperary Town, Powerstown National School in Clonmel and The Abbey School on Station Road.
Chosen from over 400 applicants, schools chosen to take part in the programme include primary schools, secondary schools, Youthreach centres, special schools, DEIS schools, co-educational schools, rural, urban, single-sex and Irish-language medium schools. Work will begin in September 2018 and run through to the end of the school year in 2019.
In their application, schools had to explain how their participation would support learning and development in the arts and creativity, their capacity to engage as a school and their plans for ensuring that children and young people play an active role in developing, implementing and evaluating their work as a Creative School. Through the programme, the Arts Council is engaging with children and young people across the country enabling their creativity and linking them in with the arts and creative infrastructure in their locality and nationally.
Cliodhna Breen of St Mary’s Central National School said: “St. Mary's CNS strives to promote creative student learning across all aspects of our curriculum. Arts and Creativity are at the heart of children's lives. The Creative Schools Programme will afford us additional opportunities. It will support, sustain and extend the good practice already in our school.”
Jacinta Moloney of Powerstown National School said: “We have a keen interest in creative arts and are delighted to be part of the Creative Schools Programme. It will enable us to implement a creative arts programme and teach us skills that we can use to further develop creativity in our school.”
Schools selected for the pilot will be provided with a package of support which includes funding and expertise from a Creative Associate to enable them to explore the potential impact of the arts and creativity on school life. With the support of their Creative Associate, schools will develop a Creative School plan and design a unique programme that responds to the needs and priorities of their school. This process will support children and young people to challenge themselves in new ways, to gain in confidence and to take a more active role in learning